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African-American Heritage Committee gives back with food drive

Members of the Arnold Air Force Base African-American Heritage Committee recently sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Walk and food drive where they were able to donate more than 200 items to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker in Tullahoma. Pictured are committee member officers Reginald Floyd, vice president; Jackey Vance, treasurer; April Killingsworth, secretary; and Lee Smith, president. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the Arnold Air Force Base African-American Heritage Committee recently sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Walk and food drive where they were able to donate more than 200 items to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker in Tullahoma. Pictured are committee member officers Reginald Floyd, vice president; Jackey Vance, treasurer; April Killingsworth, secretary; and Lee Smith, president. (Courtesy photo)

Jane Chrisman, secretary at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Tullahoma, displays food and monetary donations provided by the Arnold Air Force Base African-American Heritage Committee after a recent food drive. The drive was part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Walk “Day of Service” event sponsored by the AAHC. More than 200 items were donated to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker. (Courtesy photo)

Jane Chrisman, secretary at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Tullahoma, displays food and monetary donations provided by the Arnold Air Force Base African-American Heritage Committee after a recent food drive. The drive was part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Walk “Day of Service” event sponsored by the AAHC. More than 200 items were donated to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker. (Courtesy photo)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The African-American Heritage Committee and personnel at Arnold Air Force Base were scheduled to participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Walk which has been held for the past several years.

This year was the first time that a food drive was held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Remembrance Walk on Jan. 12. Though the walk was cancelled due to inclement weather, Arnold AFB personnel came together in spite of a weather setback and donated food.

Food drives are a great way to raise awareness about hunger and can inspire others to take action. We collected more than 200 canned goods and nonperishable items for the cause. The items were donated to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker in Tullahoma.

The food drive was a huge success. Although we did not have a goal amount set, team members’ donations enabled us to maintain the spirit of giving back to the community.

Many community-based organizations lack the capacity or resources to meet the needs of the growing population of hungry Americans. Food pantries and other charitable organizations also often run short, therefore we decided to donate to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Locker.

The African-American Heritage Committee team members would like to express our great appreciation to those who gave to support the MLK Food Drive and help making the first year a huge success.

The base personnel played an important role in the success of the MLK Food Drive and we plan to continue the food drive annually.

I would like to recognize the AAHC team who helped make the campaign a success this year: Lee Smith, president; Reginald Floyd, vice president; April Killingsworth, secretary; Jackey Vance, treasurer; and committee members.